Kansas City Connection: The Science of Rock and Roll at Union Station

Huey Lewis will be glad to know that the heart of rock ‘n’ roll is still beating, though he might be surprised to find it in the underbelly of a historic train station.

Union Station (30 West Pershing, Kansas City, Mo.), which has recently hosted the Titanic, Warhol and Princess Diana exhibits, is now home to the world premiere of The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This interactive exhibit catalogs the history of rock through the technological advances that made it all possible. You can read about the first words ever recorded, then record yourself singing karaoke or playing the drums. Scan the QR code on your pass, and you can have the MP3 emailed to you. Make your own beats on a reactive table, or take a turn at shredding on a guitar. It’s sort of like Science City — Union Station’s interactive exhibit for kids — but for adults.

Whether you rigged your tape players so you could have a recording of yourself harmonizing with Debbie Gibson, or you still dream of being a rock god, there’s something for you to see, do or hear at The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets ($15 adult, $12.50 child, $13 students and seniors) are available at www.unionstation.org or at the Union Station box office. But hurry, The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll hits the road on tour in May.

Last chance for ‘Les Miserables’

“Les Miserables,” the Victor Hugo novel turned musical set during the French Revolution, is a musical that even people who don’t like musicals can’t help but love. And today is your last chance to catch the national tour of “Les Mis” at The Music Hall (301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo.). Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee ($50-$125) and the final performance at 6:30 p.m. ($45 to $115) are available through Ticketmaster.

If you miss out, a movie version, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried comes out on Christmas Day.

Monday Movie: ‘Miracle Mile’

If we are to believe certain interpretations of the Mayan calendar, we’ll all be goners before we have a chance to receive, let alone return, crappy Christmas presents.

To get the metro in the mood for the end of the world as we know it, the Kansas City Public Library (14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.) is offering free screenings of apocalyptic movies on Monday nights in December. This week at 6:30 p.m., catch “Miracle Mile,” the 1988 thriller about impending nuclear war, starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

Next week at the same time, the library will screen “The Road,” the 2009 film adaptation of the post-apocalyptic Cormac McCarthy novel — otherwise known as the most depressing movie ever made, next to “Requiem for a Dream.”

Make note: No movie will be screened on Dec. 24 or 31 because the holidays — if there even is a Dec. 24 or 31.

Shameless self promotion: Visit my antique booth

I have a shopping problem. It’s not helped by the fact that I’m an extremist. I have one cat and one dog, and if it wouldn’t cause my husband to leave me, I’d probably adopt 10 more of each tomorrow. I can’t buy peanut butter anymore because I eat the entire jar in one sitting. And when I find one piece of mid-century dishware I like, I buy it everywhere I see it.

As part of operation Don’t Become a Fat Crazy Cat Lady Hoarder, I got myself a booth at Bitterman’s Eye Candy (3107 Gillham, Kansas City, Mo.), a new-ish candy store and vintage market across the street from the Cowtown Mallroom (formerly El Torreon). By next weekend, I’ll be ready to sell, sell, sell, so if you like vintage dishware and other random-yet-attractive things, come by Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. My husband, my cat and my dog thank you in advance.

— By day, Kansas City native Emily Farris is a cookbook publicist. The rest of the time, she can be found eating food or writing about it. Find her recent ramblings at feedmekc.com.

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